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ACM Digital Library Renewal 2019-2020

Response Deadline: 
June 12, 2019

Subscription Term


July 1, 2019


June 30, 2020

Renewal pricing is now available for the ACM Digital Library. This database is made available to BC ELN partner libraries through a national site license negotiated on behalf of Consortia Canada by the Bureau de Cooperation Interuniversitaire (BCI).

The ACM license is based on a 3-year subscription cycle. There are options to participate (at a lower increase) for a 3 year period, or subscribe annually.

The length-based and usage-based pricing model used here is not typically preferred by BC ELN, however, since ACM is a national license and the pricing represents a good value for the content, we will continue to participate in this national offer.


Please note that the vendor will include an across-the-board Article Processing Charge (APC) credit of US$61 for all institutions. That will be deducted from subscribing institutions' fees for 2019-20 as a part of ACM's Hybrid Open Access Publishing program.



The ACM Digital Library (DL) is the most comprehensive collection of full-text articles and bibliographic records in existence today covering the fields of computing and information technology. The full-text database includes the complete collection of ACM's publications, including journals, conference proceedings, magazines, newsletters, and multimedia titles and currently consists of:

  • 407,367 Full-text articles
  • 2.0+ Million Pages of full-text articles
  • 18,000+ New full-text articles added each year
  • 44+ High Impact Journals with 2-3 new journals being launched each year
  • 275+ Conference Proceedings Titles added each year
  • 2,000+ Proceedings Volumes
  • 8 Magazines (including the flagship Communications of the ACM, the most heavily cited publication in the field of computing according to Thomson-Reuters)
  • 37 Technical Newsletters from ACM's Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
  • 6,500+ Video files
  • 594 Audio files

In addition to the full-text database, the ACM Digital Library is heavily integrated with and includes unrestricted access to the Guide to Computing Literature bibliography.

The ACM Digital Library includes reference linking though CrossRef, integration with the ACM Computing Reviews database, index terms using ACM's 2012 Computing Classification Scheme (CCS), alerting and TOC services, and all export formats including BibTex, Endnote, and ACM Ref, as well as OpenURL compliance, and COUNTER III and SUSHI Compliant usage statistics.

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Last updated: May 22, 2019


Response Instructions

To RENEW, no response is required from current subscribers as listed above. To CANCEL or to CHANGE OPTIONS, libraries should contact BC ELN by the response deadline.

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Additional Information

Print Subscriptions

Any needed print subscriptions should be handled individually by the institution, who should contact ACM Member Services directly. For institutions participating in a consortia purchase of ACM's Digital Library, ACM's print packages are available at a reduced price of 25% off list price. The purchase of these print packages is available to institutions directly through ACM, and will not be administered by the consortium. Please note that this reduced pricing for print applies to any new or renewed print subscriptions ordered during the consortia purchase.

Special Note

ACM's pricing model for non-US participants is based in part on usage levels. ACM has instituted an automatic system whereby usage outside of their pre-set levels generates an automatic email to the institution (and to the chief negotiator). It is important that each institution keep track of any anomalies in their usage which may be due to data mining (which is not permitted) or excessive downloading, as this has an impact on an institution's tier placement and pricing.

In a typical year, fewer than 5 such anomalies are generally reported. However, in 2015, almost 20 were reported in January and February. (These numbers refer to all ACM subscribers; there is no known history of such anomalies among BC ELN partner libraries.)